HYATTSVILLE – About 100,000 residents are under a boil water advisory warning after a 24-inch main broke Tuesday evening, but Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission officials say there are no immediate plans to repair the break. Officials have isolated the section of broken main near 4545 Tanglewood Dr., but have not decided a course of action […]
HYATTSVILLE – About 100,000 residents are under a boil water advisory warning after a 24-inch main broke Tuesday evening, but Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission officials say there are no immediate plans to repair the break.
Officials have isolated the section of broken main near 4545 Tanglewood Dr., but have not decided a course of action to deal with the broken pipe because no customers are without water right now, said Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Spokesperson Lyn Riggins.
It is unclear why exactly the 59-year-old pipe broke, Riggins said.
“We have pipes in the distribution system older than that,” Riggins said, adding that an average of 1,700-1,800 water main breaks occur between Prince George’s County and Montgomery County every year for a multitude of reasons.
When the section of the pipe system broke, the “loss of pressure made us susceptible to the possibility of contamination,” Riggins said.
Pressure was restored to the system early Wednesday morning. WSSC is testing water samples taken from the area to ensure no contamination has occurred. Once all tests come back negative, the boil water advisory will be lifted.
According to WSSC, the advisory affects Hyattsville, Bladensburg, Mt. Rainier, Cheverly, Chillum, Edmonston, Landover Hills, Glenarden, Fairmount Heights, Seat Pleasant, Brentwood and North Brentwood.
Customers in these areas are instructed to boil their water before drinking it, making ice, washing dishes without a dishwasher, brushing teeth, preparing food, and giving drinking water to pets.
Prince George’s County Public Schools are also affected by the advisory. To ensure the safety of students and employees, the school system is providing bottled water to all of the affected schools and employees are boiling all water used for hand washing and cleaning needs. School officials also say parents will be notified of any changes to bus routes around the Tanglewood Drive area if WSSC conducts repairs.
The list of impacted schools and sites include: Annapolis Road Academy Alternative HS, Beacon Heights ES, Bladensburg ES, Bladensburg HS, Bonnie F. Johns Educational Media Center, Capitol Heights ES, Carmody Hills ES, Central HS, Cesar Chavez ES, Chillum ES, Cooper Lane ES, Cora L. Rice ES, Dodge Park ES, Doswell E. Brooks ES, EXCEL Academy Public Charter School, Fairmont Heights HS, G. James Gholson MS, Gladys Noon Spellman ES, Glenridge ES, H. Winship Wheatley Center, Highland Park ES, Hyattsville ES, Hyattsville MS, ISSC Warehouse, John Carroll ES, John H. Bayne ES, Judge Sylvania W. Woods ES, Judith P. Hoyer Early Childhood Centre, Kenmoor ES, Kenmoor MS, Mt. Rainier ES, Nicholas Orem MS, Oakcrest ES, Phyllis E. Williams ES, Port Towns ES, Ridgecrest ES, Riverdale ES, Robert R. Gray ES, Rogers Heights ES, Rosa L. Parks ES, Seat Pleasant ES, Templeton ES, Thomas Stone ES, Walker Mill MS, William Paca ES, William Wirt MS, and Woodridge ES.